Both psychological crises and psychological emergencies warrant an immediate call to the GWU Counseling Center for crisis intervention.
A psychological crisis situation occurs when the student feels unable to cope with the circumstances of his/her life. The more helpless the individual feels, the greater the crisis. Typically, a person may be temporarily overwhelmed and unable to carry on, but is not in immediate physical danger. Crisis intervention helps a person cope with the immediate situation and make a plan to address any ongoing problems. A psychological crisis may be triggered by a traumatic event such as an accident, a loss of a family member or loved one, or some kind of assault, or it may be related to exhaustion and severe stress. A psychological emergency exists when the crisis is so severe that the person is potentially in danger and may need to be hospitalized. A psychological emergency occurs when a person is:
Gardner-Webb University provides crisis intervention as needed and as available. You may contact the GWU Counseling Center or a member of the Crisis Management Team (see appendix).
Anyone can experience stress associated with academic demands, family problems, social relations, work, finances and cultural experiences. The inability to cope with emotional distress can lead to disruptions in overall functioning.
Sometimes a person’s usual coping skills are overwhelmed. The signs can include:
While waiting for aid to arrive (if you perceive no threat to yourself or others), you should:
The procedure for crisis intervention is as follows:
The Gardner-Webb Counseling Center staff will make an assessment and contact the student’s family or significant other, if it is necessary to protect the health and safety of the student or other persons. If hospitalization appears warranted, staff will either assist the student and his/her family in getting an assessment for admission or contact Woodridge Psychological Associates in Rutherfordton, NC at 828-287-7806 or law enforcement if an evaluation for involuntary hospitalization is needed.